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My blog is weird

You guys see a very different side to me in comparison to what many people in my life see. My closest friends know that I am pretty…erm…odd, but my work colleagues and casual acquaintances see “professional Jane.”

Professional Jane likes pencil skirts and blazers. She eats rye crackers and discusses politics with men in suits. She analyses exam results and collates them in the form of pie charts. She attends meetings with colleagues and has an actual clipboard. Sometimes, she ties her hair up with a pencil. Yes, professional Jane is a straight-laced, no-nonsense nine to fiver.

Then there’s “crazy Jane”. Crazy Jane tries to teach her cat how to curtsy (she *almost* has it). She has an inexplicable fear of foam and waltzes with herself. She likes to not stalk her neighbours with binoculars and pretend she’s a French mime artist. She also loves wrestling and tequila (in that order). Sometimes, she likes to drive slowly beside random joggers she’s never met while playing Eye of the Tiger. She also likes to frequent karaoke bars where she can rap California Love in its entirety.

So yes, I’m weird. But I’m not always weird. I could come on here and be normal but then you guys wouldn’t be (hopefully) laughing at with me.

In case you guys are wondering, crazy Jane mostly lives in a cage while professional Jane is at work. I let her out in the evening, where she likes to dance to Abba and blog. Crazy Jane sure loves to blog. She also loves talking to all her fellow weirdos and sending them virtual cake. She is uncomfortable with referring to herself in the third person so she’s going to stop now and knit some tea cosies even though she doesn’t have a tea pot. Sinister.

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The Hot Seat: Meet Mecia

Hey everyone! A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post asking for some ideas to help me with my writer’s block and wow did you guys give me a lot of ideas!

I’ve decided to make a feature where I will interview fellow bloggers. I’m going to call it The Hot Seat (I hope I’m not unintentionally copying someone by naming it that). Hopefully it will be a great way for you all to connect with even more people and spread the blog love

   

First up is the wonderful Mecia from NotQuiteLondon

               

   

Mecia is a beauty blogger who writes fantastic and helpful reviews. Check out her answers below and then head on over to her blog; you won’t regret it! 

  
Hi Mecia! That’s a lovely name, where is it from? 

Thank you. It’s Portuguese. I used to hate it purely because it’s so hard for people to pronounce it, sometimes I think being called Mary would be so much easier. 

You live in London. Tell us one thing you like and one think you dislike about living there.

Ok so my boyfriend had a go at me when I mentioned on my blog that I live in London. Its not strictly London it’s literally 30 mins outside, however as I am so close to it I refuse to budge and I am sticking to my guns because I am just too stubborn.

Anyway…….what I hate about London is the ridiculous amount of snobby people, I mean it doesn’t costs anything to be polite and these people just don’t get it. Also the way everyone packs the trains and underground is ridiculous and extremely smelly.

I love exploring London and my favourite place is Camden Market. It’s the perfect city to explore but the crowds can sometimes be a little off-putting. 

Describe your blog to potential readers. 

It’s a mixture of beauty and make up reviews. As well as the odd tag posts which I seem to be obsessed with. I also like to throw some skincare tips into the mix. 
Why did you choose to blog about beauty?

I love all aspects of beauty, particular skincare. It’s such a diverse industry that is constantly changing which makes it super exciting to blog about. I tend to blog about products that I love and that I hope other people will too.

In your blog, you discuss how it took you a while to muster up the courage to publish your blog. Why was this? 

I am was just nervous how my blog would be received. I didn’t want to be seen as yet another beauty blog, which is why I keep it as individual as possible. It’s a scary thought when you don’t know how other people will react to something that you’ve written so that was my biggest fear.

However I am so glad that I’ve done it, everyone has been super nice and the support has been beyond incredible. I definitely encourage everyone to do it.

What does your writing process consist of?

I am one of those people that doesn’t make lists or drafts. If I have an idea I just write it up, take some pics, edit and voila. I love writing and luckily it comes very natural to me, so the writing process is fairly easy and relaxed.

Who is your beauty and style inspiration? 

Oh lord, I wish I had a style inspiration because maybe I would dress a bit better haha. I have quite a relaxed approach when it comes to style so I love people like Jennifer Lawrence, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Anniston. Those ladies always look amazing in jeans and a vest, which is me all over.

As far as a beauty inspiration I would have to say my mum, the woman never wears make up, her skin is flawless and all she wears is a moisturiser. She’s slightly crazy but if I have her gorgeous skin when I’m her age, I will be a very happy lady. On a more unrealistic scale I love and hate how beautiful Kim Kardashian is.

  

What are your desert island beauty products? 

Dry shampoo. Waterproof mascara. Burt Bees lip balm. Alpha H micro exfoliant.

Explain what your “spending ban” is. How has it been going? 

Ok so I had this great idea to ban myself from buying any make up for a whole month. I have so much that its getting out of control, half of it I haven’t even used yet which is just mad. So I decided to set myself this little challenge which quite frankly hasn’t been as bad as I thought. I have one more week to go and I am super proud I haven’t relapsed yet. It has made me realise that I buy make up just because I want things straight away, so I am going to use up what I already have first and then buy things that I only need.

What, in your opinion, is an absolute beauty no-no? 

Overdrawn eyebrows 2 shades darker than your skin and hair. Ladies, just no. It offends me and hurts my eyes. Eyebrows are sisters NOT twins!

What are your opinions on plastic surgery and Botox? 

Each to their own, if it makes you happy then do it. I personally wouldn’t do it coz I am too scared of ending up like Sylvester’s Stallone’s mum!

  


And now for some weird questions…


Would you prefer to be a talking elephant or a non-verbal house cat? 

Definitely a cat! They have such an easy life, and get everything done for them. I would specifically like to be a big fat ginger cat.


You must choose one of these: punch Hilary Clinton or bear-hug Donald Trump.

Can I punch both? Seriously I am not normally a violent person.

A world famous politician tells you a deep, dark secret. You could sell the information to a newspaper for half a million pounds. Do you?

I would sell it in a heartbeat. I hate politics and think that given the chance they too would sell information and betray their own kind. I am a very loyal person and would never betray my friends BUT politics is so corrupted these days that it’s hard to trust or feel sorry for any of them.

Thank you so much Mecia! 

Here are some of my favourite posts from Mecia’s blog: 

The importance of a good skincare routine

My trip to Dermalogica HQ

Spending ban (make up)

Stay tuned over the next few days for another interview with a fabulous blogger! 


Janey’s Guest Blog

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I was so excited to be asked by Rob from The V-pub to guest blog for him this week. I may have squealed. I decided to write about the cultural differences between Irish people and Americans. Hope you guys enjoy and please check out the rest of Rob’s blog. He’s wonderful!

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I can’t tell you how happy I was when Janey of Cupid or Cats  agreed to guest blog for me today.   She’s a dear friend, an amazing writer, and the the best of my knowledge, the only blogger to receive the Little Lebowski Urban Achiever award .   So here is pure Janey – enjoy!

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Hi everyone! Rob has very kindly invited me to write a guest post for him which is either very dangerous or very cool…I haven’t decided. I mean, I’ve just been let loose in here. I could do some real damage.

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Jane and I blog over at Cupid or Cats. Basically, I’m a little weird, I love owls and I’m Irish. There, we’re practically family now.

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Awaaaaarrrrds! 

Woah. Where do I even start? Accepting the awards that have been gathering dust on the shelf at the back of my blog (the one my owl lives on) would be a good start! The super fantastic Rob from The V-pub and the fascinating and beautiful Alexandra from Post Curfew Bewonderments nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award. Can I get a whoop whoop? No? Whatever. 

Rob’s blog has long been a favourite of mine and if you are not a regular reader, you should be! He is funny, charming, friendly and is paying me handsomely for all this praise (I jest). He is also the first person I have ever guest blogged for! (Tune in tomorrow!)

Alexandra has a fascinating blog. She is funny, intelligent and charming and her own awards posts here and here are so entertaining that you need to go read them now while I wait here and twiddle my thumbs. 

  
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Oh, you’re back. Wonderful. Let’s continue, shall we? 

So I was discussing the Versatile Blogger Award, which is a very pretty award:

 

Look at it, all snazzy…

 
So as part of the process I must:

-Thank the person who nominated me and include a link to their blog

-Display the award on my blog 

-Write seven facts about myself 

-Nominate fifteen people for the award 

Okay, well I’ve done the first two. Hashtag winning. 

So here are seven random facts about me that I’ve probably shared a dozen times already but if any of you are stalking me I’m giving you so much material and wow this sentence has no punctuation:

1. I buy myself a bouquet of flowers every two weeks to cheer myself up and also because I’m a total charmer and I love myself.

  

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2. Despite my very chilled exterior, I am actually a very anxious person. I worry about everything and it has caused me numerous health problems. 

  

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3. I am a bit of a neat freak and my friends used to call me “Monica” because of my tendency to clean, well, all the time.

  

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4. I love singing and dancing when I’m alone. When Jack goes to work I throw on Beyonce and own it like I’m at the Grammys. 

  

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5. I get very huggy when I’m drunk.

  

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6. I really enjoy playing the PlayStation and Red Dead Redemtion is my favourite game ever.

  

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7. I have completely run out of facts so here’s a pineapple:

  

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Here are my nominees: 

(I hope no one will be offended if I don’t choose 15, because I would actually be writing this post for weeks) 

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Apricots and Cream

Living With Benji

And now onto my second award, woohoo! Alexandra also nominated me for a Liebster Award which is so sweet and I have all the feels. 

  
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Here are the rules for accepting the Liebster Award:

-Thank the blogger who nominated you and display the award on your page 

-Nominate ten other bloggers for the award

-Answer the ten questions asked by the person who nominated you 

-Ask your nominees ten questions

So firstly, thank you Alexandra from Post Curfew Bewonderments for this lovely award:

  
Here are the ten questions Alexandra asked me and my answers:

1) When you listen to music, do you focus on the melody or the lyrics?

I tend to focus more on the lyrics because I adore poetry and I love a song that I can really relate to lyrically. 

2) Do you eat a kiwi by peeling off the skin and slicing it into pieces OR by cutting it in half and eating it with a spoon?

I cut it in half and eat it wih a spoon! Om nom nom.

3) What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?

Without a doubt, The Simpsons. I was obsessed. I still am, but only with seasons 1-10.

4) Do you still keep in touch with your first friend?

Yes :) She actually surprised me for my birthday by calling to my come from hundreds of miles away. She is a very sweet and considerate person.

5) What is your ethnic background?

Irish. Although my father’s name is Norse and my mother’s is Anglo-Norman but that’s going back over 1,000 years so…Irish.

6) Things you look forward to?

I love snuggling on the sofa with my fiancé and eating a good meal. I also love the build up before I see my best friends because I live quite far away from them.

7) Which 3 cities you would always recommend to visit?

London, Barcelona and Prague. I loved them all.

8) Who do you think you were in your past life?

I would say Katherine Hepburn but that makes no sense. I just love her. So maybe I’ll say an Egyptian queen because I love cats and gold.

9) Do you think almond milk is still milk and turkey bacon is still bacon?

*Shudders* I had to give up dairy for a week and almond milk will never, EVER be a substitute for an ice-cold glass of cow’s milk. Turkey bacon is okay but bacon bacon brings me inner peace. 

10) At which circumstances did you last say “Man, it’s great to be alive”?

Saturday night when I was dancing with one of my best friends to Bruno Mars wearing my favourite dress and for once, not worrying about anything :) 

What great questions! 

I will now nominate some bloggers to partake in this, although there is no obligation to accept!

The V-pub

Char Spillane

Apricots and Cream

Delirious Antidotes

Tropical Affair

Naturally Dreamy

Okay guys, here are my ten questions should you choose to accept this award:

1. If you could get rid of one word from the English language, what would it be and why?

2. Are you good at keeping secrets? 

3. Do you think your favourite food reveals much about your personality?

4. Would you prefer to visit the theatre or a museum?

5. What is the best holiday you have ever been on?

6. What is your favourite time of day?

7. Do you have a hidden talent?

8. Do you have to sleep at a certain side of the bed? 

9. Do you think it is more important to be liked or respected?

10. What is the most important attribute that you seek in a friend? 

Okay guys, that’s me finally done! I have a lot of posts to get through over the coming weeks (yaaaaay) so expect a barrage of blogs on your reader from me :)  

Heeellllllooooooo

My lovelies, I haven’t forgotton about the awards posts I must do, or the guest posts, or the interviews, or the challenges…basically I had to have an engagement party, it was my birthday a few days back, it was me and Jack’s 12 year anniversary and my friends all surprised me with a trip so I am just getting back to normal now :D I am going to be all over this blog like chocolate spread on my toast all over my faaaace…okay, getting distracted. Will post very soon 😘😘 Hope everybody is good…and weird, but mainly good. 

HELP ME!

Hello! How is everyone today? It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to post something proper, but I’ve been struggling. I’ve got nothing. Nada. Diddly-squat. 

There have been times where ideas rain down on me like dollar bills on a Vegas stripper, but for the last month I’ve been really stuck for inspiration. The thing is, I love blogging. I love having a little internet space where I keep my virtual pet owl (say hi to Derek) and discuss my love of pizza and stalking strangers in the park (I’m kidding. I only like pizza). I love chatting to you guys. But is it worth filling up my blog with utter crap (even more crap…ahem) just to have something to post? Aye, there’s the rub. 

 

I think Shakespeare may have been more of a Blogspot guy…

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Since I can’t really discuss my job (for legal reasons, which makes me sound all kinds of Batman), it means that’s a huge aspect of my life that I can’t blog about. And my relationship is wonderful and all, but Jack has been working so much that we haven’t spent much time together since we got engaged. *cries into your shoulder* 

I guess I could go around and interview people…although when Humans of New York do it, it’s considered cool. When I do it, it’s all “hey, get out of my garden” or “are you wearing night vision goggles?” Pfft. So, maybe not. 

Do you guys have any ideas for me? Yes, I’m actually so stuck that I am now expecting you all to do the work for me.  

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I could interview one of you? Or someone could guest post? Or we could all go to Mexico and drink tequila? Either way, I’m up for anything. Except having pineapple on my pizza, because that is evil and twisted. 

Two Poems about Mothers

For all my eccentricities (there are 42, I counted), the one thing I am very serious about is poetry. As an English teacher, it is probably my favourite aspect of the subject. There is such a wealth of beautiful poetry out there and there is nothing more rewarding than searching for your own meaning in a verse. (Except pizza. Pizza is always more rewarding.) 

Here are two poems written by Irish poets that I think you guys will enjoy. The both have a common theme, in that both poets are fondly remembering their mothers and their respective memories of them.

The first is by one of my favourite poets, Seamus Heaney. This poem was recently chosen as Ireland’s favourite poem. 

When all the others were away at Mass

When all the others were away at Mass
I was all hers as we peeled potatoes.
They broke the silence, let fall one by one
Like solder weeping off the soldering iron:
Cold comforts set between us, things to share
Gleaming in a bucket of clean water.
And again let fall. Little pleasant splashes
From each other’s work would bring us to our senses.

So while the parish priest at her bedside
Went hammer and tongs at the prayers for the dying
And some were responding and some crying
I remembered her head bent towards my head,
Her breath in mine, our fluent dipping knives–
Never closer the whole rest of our lives.

(For those of you who may not be aware of what ‘Mass’ is, it’s what Catholic people call going to church.)

The next poem is similarly poignant and evocative. It is by Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh.

In Memory of My Mother

I do not think of you lying in the wet clay 
Of a Monaghan graveyard; I see 
You walking down a lane among the poplars 
On your way to the station, or happily 

Going to second Mass on a summer Sunday – 
You meet me and you say: 
‘Don’t forget to see about the cattle – ‘ 
Among your earthiest words the angels stray. 

And I think of you walking along a headland 
Of green oats in June, 
So full of repose, so rich with life – 
And I see us meeting at the end of a town 

On a fair day by accident, after 
The bargains are all made and we can walk 
Together through the shops and stalls and markets 
Free in the oriental streets of thought. 

O you are not lying in the wet clay, 
For it is a harvest evening now and we 
Are piling up the ricks against the moonlight 
And you smile up at us – eternally.


I hope you enjoyed these lovely poems. They certainly evoke some powerful emotions in me. Have a great evening :)

I’m engaged to be married :)

We’re engaged! I was trying to think of a funny/charming way to announce the news but I’m too excited to be clever right now. Jack proposed and I said yes (which is typically how engagements happen *cough*). I’m gonna be someone’s WIFE. Oh dear God. 

We’ve been together for twelve years, so it’s a very special monent for us two 😊

Anyway, I wanted to share the news with all of you because you’re like my very large and very weird (no offence) Internet family. For now, I just have a token ring but my real ring will be ready in about a month. It’s being custom made, lah di dah. 

So now I’m off cry some more. I’m an emotional wreck. *eats more choclate and cries into champagne*

If anyone has any wedding/marriage advice, why not let me know in the comments so I can marvel at your collective wisdom.